FLASH: Jepchirchir breaks world marathon record for women in London | REPORT

Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir broke the women’s world record by 45 seconds at the TCS London Marathon to win the Platinum label for world athletics road race in 2:16:16* on Sunday (21).

The three-time half marathon world champion sprinted away from world record holder Tigist Assefa, 2021 London winner Joyciline Jepkosgei and last year’s runner-up Megertu Alemu – all of whom finished within 2:17 – to take her third victory in a world championship. Marathon Majors race.

The pace had been fast from the start as a leading group of nine women completed the 10km in 31:26. By the time they reached the halfway point, in 1:07:04, the peloton was down to seven women. The race was about 30 kilometers in when the quartet of Jepchirchir, Assefa, Jepkosgei and Alemu managed to break away from the rest of the field, and they ran together for most of eight kilometers.

As the clock ticked down to 2:15, with just over a minute of running left, Alemu was finally dropped. Seconds later, Jepchirchir unleashed her signature finish, leaving Jepkosgei and Assefa behind.

The little Kenyan stormed across the finish line in 2:16:16, breaking the women’s only world record of 2:17:01 set by Mary Keitany in 2017.

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*Subject to the usual ratification procedure